Remi Garde's side drew with Newcastle United on Saturday and are ten points from safety.
Remi Garde’s side are currently winless since the opening day of the season, with the 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Saturday their latest failure to pick up three points.
That run of form sees them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, with just seven points from seventeen games and ten points from safety.
Relegation looks almost a certainty for them come the end of the season, but Cottee says it may not be the disaster many think it would be.
“I think they might have to go down to rebuild,” he told Soccer Saturday.
“I know the implications, financial etc., but sometimes clubs have to go down, get rid of the deadwood and the high earners, build it all up again and come back a stronger club.”
“I know it’s not the best time to do it, but Villa might have to do it.”
If Aston Villa were to go down, they would surely take inspiration from the way Southampton returned to the top flight after their successive relegations.
They ended up in League One before coming back with successive promotions, and are now a firmly established Premier League side with a bright future in front of them.
That was several years ago though, and with big money set to come to the Premier League sides again next season, now would arguably be a disastrous time to exit the top flight.